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Transformation: Book One of the Rai-Kirah Paperback – 1 Mar 2001

4.7 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews
Book 1 of 3 in the Rai Kirah Series

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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit; paperback / softback edition (1 Mar. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184149075X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841490755
  • Product Dimensions: 0.3 x 0.3 x 0.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,363,172 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sixteen years of slavery have left Seyonne with little sense of who he is, or who he used to be; Carol Berg's Transformation is the story of how he gradually comes to know himself and becomes a player in the game of empires and kings.

Prince Aleksander is the heir to the Derzhi Empire and is a spoiled brat with no sense of the consequences of his endlessly rash actions. When Seyonne, whom he has whimsically bought as a secretary, realises that the obnoxious youth is in danger from demonic sorcerers, he has no option for self-preservation but to save the prince from them. Then he realises that Aleksander, by this point disgraced, on the run and cursed with shape-changing, has the spark of mystical goodness in him that his own people have been searching for for generations.

Berg has created a world in which there are several sorts of magic that hardly overlap, and whose local bigotries --Seyonne, once a leader of his people, has been dishonoured forever by capture--are credibly unpleasant. This is an evocative, passionate sword-and-sorcery thriller with some vivid characters and set piece scenes; Aleksander is a fascinating creation, with the stuff of greatness in him but on the brink of corruption.--Roz Kaveney

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A humdinger of a plot ... vivid characters, a tangible atmosphere of doom (SFX)

A truly remarkable first novel (DREAMWATCH)

This well written and thoroughly original fantasy grabs the reader by the throat on page one and doesn't let go! ... Wonderful (STARBURST)

Her novel is made memorable by its characters ... a superbly entertaining book! 'INTERZONE ('A splendid tour-de-force of fantasy.')

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